I Feel So Professional

avatarAs a digital artist I’m beginning to reach the point where having a resume is important. Unfortunately, up until recently I did not have a resume. So I set out to change that. I dusted off my copy of InDesign and got to work writing myself in the best light. Fortunately for me, I had some fellow designers – both students and industry specialists – on hand to help me with that part. The design, however, was up to me. But as anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I find branding to be both interesting and important. Therefore, I had a strong personal brand to base my design off of.  Using my new favorite Illustrator plugin I created a custom icon set and, using simple soft circles, created an elegant left-aligned design that had plenty of whitespace without lacking in information. I’m quite proud of the results and I hope potential employers will be, too. If you want to check out my design for inspiration (or if you’d like to hire me!) you can find my resume in the content section of my website.

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I Feel So Professional

Tangent Circles in Illustrator

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As many graphic designers will tell you, one of the most irritating missing features in Adobe Illustrator is the ability to snap to tangents. There are some workarounds for crating tangent lines, but when it comes to more complex curves the two options are generally either manual calculations or making things look “close enough.” But performing mathematical operations on every shape in a complex object is extremely time-consuming and my perfectionist brain simply can’t accept “close enough.” Take, for example, the image above which is a screen capture from an un-finished project of mine. The shape I am creating, while simple in conception, is comprised of many intersecting curves. Normally to create such a shape I’d either have to align the circles manually and hope it looks right or use Illustrator’s “round corners” effect which, frankly, never gives properly accurate results and is a pain to use. Thankfully, I recently found a great free Illustrator plugin that lets you easily create tangent curves using a variety of methods, making the process of creating such shapes much easier. Even better, the plugin covers a wide range of operations that go beyond creating tangent shapes making it a must-have for any serious designer’s toolkit. Check out the demo video after the jump and be sure to grab the plugin here.

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